Different models of the Porsche 911
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How Porsche's 911 Survived Through Multiple Generations
Although Porsche’s 928 model was supposed to replace the 911, it never managed to eclipse the automaker’s classic halo car.
Since its introduction in 1964, the 911 has seen many technological advances and new features throughout its life, such as all-wheel drive and the Tiptronic automatic transmission.
The car has also seen some controversial changes. After struggling financially in the late 90s, Porsche consulted Japanese experts to reduce costs, which resulted in the 996 model.
This new fourth generation of 911s featured a water-cooled flat six-cylinder engine, a less expensive Boxster engine, and the removal of its round headlights.
Fortunately, Porsche improved the situation with a mid-cycle refresh in 2002 that included more attractive headlights, and in 2005, the company released the heavily reworked 997.
The styling and technology have changed over nearly 60 years of production, but the iconic car has made advances toward comfort and luxury without sacrificing its performance.
The modern 911 is quicker and faster than any previous generation, but it’s also a capable daily driving car. Given the growing shift to EVs, we may see a new future for the 911.